Position Description

Position Description


(Pasadena, CA)

Title: Senior Vice President, Finance

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Beginning Summer 2021, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services will now be known as Sycamores. Sycamores began as two child welfare organizations: The Sycamores established in 1902 and Hathaway Children and Family Services founded in 1919; they merged in 2005.  Each year Sycamores positively impacts the lives of more than 16,000 children and families, successfully addressing the needs of vulnerable children who have been traumatized by family and community violence. Providing comprehensive care focused on helping children and families heal from this trauma, build resiliency and prepare for success, Sycamores employs over 800 staff in ten locations throughout Southern California and has a budget of $64 million. 

Accredited by The Joint Commission, Sycamores earned a Eureka Bronze Award from the California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE). As a leader in supporting and serving LBGTQ youth and families, the agency has been awarded the All Children - All Families Seal of Recognition. 

Sycamores offers a full spectrum of integrated services across ten service locations in Los Angeles County. Most of the children and young adults served have survived challenges such as abuse, maltreatment, family displacement, trauma and mental illnesses. Services include foster care, temporary shelter care, mental health services and behavior support in schools, homes and community centers. Sycamores also provides employment and life skills assistance for young adults who have aged out of foster care.

For more information about Sycamores, please visit www.hathaway-sycamores.org.


Under the direction of the CFO, the Senior Vice President – Finance is responsible for the planning, reporting and analysis of financial and operation performance for the Agency. Responsibilities include budgets and forecasts; monthly reporting and variance analysis; revenue cycle management; and general financial management support of programs, sites and cost centers.  The SVP – Finance is responsible for the recruitment and supervision of five finance team members.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with the CFO and executive leadership to develop multi-year forecasts, annual budgets and forecast updates to budgets;
  • Prepare reports and analysis for the Board and Board committees;
  • Provide monthly reporting and variance analysis of performance of the Agency, its programs, cost centers, and locations;
  • Provide quarterly revenue and expense forecasts;
  • Manage the Revenue Cycle ($60+ million in revenue contracts) and liaise with government agencies and funders regarding contracting, reporting, and compliance requirements;
  • Collaborate with Technology and Operations for the design and implementation of planning, reporting and analysis of systems and practices;
  • Provide general financial support of programs, cost centers and locations, including, but not limited to operational and other periodic reviews;
  • Recruit, develop and manage the performance of Planning, Reporting and Analysis Manager and staff;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of financial management best practices and trends in behavioral health or health care more broadly;
  • Build and manage the workforce based on agency mission and goals, fiscal guidelines, regulations, and standards.


The SVP – Finance should be a strategic thinker who takes a long-term view, builds a shared vision, and can act as a catalyst for organizational change. This individual will have strong conceptual and analytical abilities, a pragmatic orientation, and the ability to analyze data to grasp issues, draw conclusions and solve problems.  With strong leadership and project management skills, the SVP – Finance will establish priorities, monitor progress and make effective decisions to achieve common goals. The candidate identified for this position will understand the agency financial business model and take ownership of department and individual contributions to achieve fiscal goals. The SVP – Finance should also be goal oriented, well-disciplined and a hands-on administrator who can create systems and procedures and be able to implement them effectively. This position requires the ability to analyze contracts, insurance and legal matters to arrive at mission appropriate solutions. The individual must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and project-oriented workplace while managing a team.

The SVP – Finance should have outstanding interpersonal skills and be an effective and persuasive communicator, both verbally and in writing. The SVP – Finance must effectively present information and respond to inquiries from Board members, office personnel, other employees, consumers and their families, and the general public.  The individual should, therefore, be diplomatic yet decisive, exhibiting effective listening skills and openness to others’ ideas. The SVP – Finance will be responsible for leading and directing a staff, fostering teamwork and ensuring that employees are appropriately developed. This position requires a positive leader who seeks input but who is not afraid to make decisions. Sound judgment, effective time management, the ability to work independently, and flexibility to adapt are traits that will be valued. The SVP - Finance will be culturally competent and sensitive towards diverse communities represented within the workforce and client community. The person in this position must have high ethical standards and should be a model of integrity and fairness, operating in a respectful and transparent fashion. 


The SVP – Finance will be a seasoned leader with five or more years of increasing responsibility in financial management positions, with a proven track record in reliable and timely budgeting, reporting and analysis. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable of best practices in accounting and in behavioral health, government contracts and more broadly in health care. Prior experience as a senior financial manager at a behavioral health organization of $25 million or more or comparable experience is desirable.  The preferred candidate will have experience managing finance (accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting) for a complex organization with multiple funding sources including government contracts and diverse program areas. Proficiency in complex financial modeling and analysis is required, along with a proven track record in developing reports and analyses and the underlying controls to ensure reliability. 


A bachelor’s degree, preferably in business, finance or accounting is required. An advanced degree is preferred.


Annual salary is $160,000 – 200,000 based on experience. Relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable.  A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.


To apply for this position, visit www.morrisberger.com/searches.php

Morris & Berger
500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 2150
Glendale, CA 91203-1923

1 (818) 507-1234